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Things to See & Do


HOLY TRINITY cathedral is open to visitors
monday - SATURDAY 10am - 3pm


cathedral artist in residence

We are delighted to have Karen Sewell (top left image) as our Artist in Residence. Karen creates her artworks in and around the Cathedral and is inspired by her surroundings.

The Cathedral has had a long association with the arts historically commissioning artworks as it was built and in recent times establishing the John Wilson Gallery, hosting art installations, and participating in Artweek Auckland. The artist in residence compliments these initiatives, extends our involvement in the arts, and provides benefits for the Cathedral community and the artist.

A visual artist graduating with a Master of Fine Arts (with Honours) in 2016 from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Karen is interested in the intersection of art and spiritual experience. She aspires to create artworks that activate spaces for viewer/participants to be able to experience liminal moments of awareness of the unknown, an awakening to wonder, or numinous experiences. Karen works across media including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and photography, specialising in installation practice. 

In 2022 Karen exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Luminary | Luminare showed at the Palazzo Bembo on the Grand Canal (bottom image). This was Karen’s first international exhibition and is an incredible achievement. 

The Luminary | Luminare installation toured several NZ cathedrals and churches in 2022. 

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Numinous Spheres, Solo show at Northart Gallery 2021.jpg
Palazzo Bembo, Venice. Luminary exhibition, Venice Biennale 2022.jpg

How to get to Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral is located at 446 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland.


By Bus

The green Inner Link bus service stops on Parnell Road outside Holy Trinity Cathedral on both clock-wise (bus stop number 7194) and anticlockwise routes (bus stop number 7193).


The orange Outer Link bus service stops on Parnell Road outside Holy Trinity Cathedral on both clock-wise (bus stop number 7194) and anticlockwise routes (bus stop number 7193).


The 703 bus service from Britomart to Portland Road stops at 17 Brighton Road (bus stop 7658). From this stop, it is a short walk to the Cathedral at the top road.


The 703 bus service from Portland Road to Britomart stops at 16 St Stephen’s Ave (bus stop 7665) - from here cross the road to the Cathedral opposite.

The Hop-on Hop-off Tours also stop at Holy Trinity Cathedral. For more information, visit their website here.


By Train

Southern and Western Line trains stop at the Parnell railway station on Cheshire Street. From the station, take a short walk to Parnell Rise, and then up the hill to the Cathedral.

By Car

Holy Trinity Cathedral has car parking available to those attending services and events.  Access to the carpark is from Parnell Road. There is no charge to those attending Sunday services. However, car parking charges apply to those using this carpark for weddings, funerals, and all other events. A pay and display meter is located on the left-hand side as you enter from Parnell Road.

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The Cathedral car park has 112 spaces and is accessible from Parnell Road, behind St Mary's-in-Holy Trinity. There are parking meters located at either end of the car park. Parking rates are $6 for 4 hours, or $10 for all day. Payments can be paid by paywave-enabled cards at the machines. Parking hours are Monday - Sunday, 6am - midnight.

Disabled parking is situated in the small carpark located directly in front of the Cathedral on Parnell Road, and also in the main carpark accessed from Parnell Road entrance.

There are several P60 parking places on Parnell Road in front of St Mary’s, with more parking sometimes available in adjacent streets - Cathedral Place, Birdwood Crescent, St Stephen’s Avenue and Brighton Road.


Men's and women's toilets are located on the right-hand side of the Cathedral crossing/stage area before the Chancel. The disabled facilities can be accessed using the ramp along the right-hand side of the Nave and can be found in the porch of the Patteson Entrance, just past the men's and women's toilets.


Additional men's and women's toilets (with baby-changing facilities) can be found downstairs along the John Wilson Gallery, accessible from the Visitors' Centre. There is an additional disabled toilet (with baby-changing facilities) next to the kitchen area in the Visitors' Centre.

selwyn's vision project

In 1843, Bishop Selwyn purchased the land in Parnell, Auckland, upon which Holy Trinity Cathedral sits.  His vision was to build a great cathedral that would become “a centre for educational, social, charitable and missionary work”.

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